Reading some of the initial chapters of this book; Prince, I had a difficult time comprehending what were the themes and process being employed by the author. So, I returned to the initial chapter and re-read the text to become more familiar before proceeding. I think perhaps it is the style or manner of the presentation written since it is a somewhat dated text. The first chapter discussed the type of states as republics and principalities (power). Prince wants power but not republic. New principalities are either used to being ruled by a prince, or are accustomed to being free.
In the first couple of chapters, the author it discussed principalities and presented that there are four different kinds. How are these significant? Each principality is defined as how they were and who was going to rule them. For example, hereditary is based on inherited by the rule. Mixed is based on territories and how they exist with other ones. New is based on own power along with the powers of others. Ecclesiastical relates back to the Catholic Church. But how are these significant in the book primarily? Prince wanted power, but not to the extent that power perceived would make it seem “overpowered.”
This in sum may be reduced to how having different principalities relates to sometimes large issues. Some are not willing to change, or have any sort of rulers assume power. This simple fact was one of the essential issues. But why did they not like change? This situation caused the population to gain a new ruler, and overall not many people liked having new people assume power. For example, our gym General Manager, decided it was not really the employment for her. She made all these “decisions” that she wanted to implement. Since it is a gym, you would prefer that a uniform is not really required, but more “athletic.” No, she wanted the complete opposite which was really frustrating. We confronted her about the uniform situation, but she did not care as she has the final say. She wanted “power” of the place. Little did she know that her “power” would cause her termination a few months later. She wanted all these changes, when in reality there was nothing to change. It was frustrating because when we got a new manager, she did the complete opposite of the previous manager. The entire situation demonstrated that having power is not the essential leadership feature, unless you have supporting facts to substantiate or support a decision.
Having different strategies and methods to back “power” up with principalities can make a difference. You want people around you who are able to discuss issues, while not keeping irritants to themselves while you are in a management position. Having others come talk to you about issues can be an enlightening experience for most managers. You want to make a difference, and also let others know that their ideas are appreciated. Always smile when receiving feedback, it makes you easier to talk too. Plus, a thank you means a lot too!